pato_banton_web.jpgMIAMI — The annual Bayside Rocks Music & Arts Festival at downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park on Nov. 19 is being billed as the “New Concert Paradigm” — a star-studded, environmentally- and family- friendly party that will turn even the staunchest environmentalist green with envy. 

This year’s festival will feature a full day of activities including a farmers’ market, yoga demonstrations, bike valet, skateboard and  BMX exhibitions, ecology and social consciousness workshops and more.

A star-filled tribute to 50 years of Wailers music and the music icon Bob Marley will be highlighted throughout the day.

Headliners include Bunny Wailer, Wailing Souls, Luciano, Tabou  Combo, Cultura Profetica, Gondwana, Warrior King, Pato Banton, Connis Vanterpool  and The Original Wailers, as well as some of the most promising up-and-coming talent.

This year, concert proceeds will include a food drive benefiting Curley’s House (, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals, families, the elderly, youth-at-risk, the abused, and HIV/AIDS infected individuals by providing the nutrition they need.

Guests will be asked to contribute two or more cans of food as part of the cost of admission. 

Organizers say the event will incorporate local businesses and organizations, forming positive relationships that will ultimately have a positive impact on the community and environment in conjunction with America Recycles Day (Nov. 15).

Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks, CEO of ROCKAZ MVMT, the company producing the festival, said that everyone has a ­responsibility to make the world a better and healthier place. 

“It’s great to have fun,” said Brooks. “But it’s imperative that we do it in an environmentally responsible way. That’s what my company and this festival are all about.”

In keeping with the green theme of the Bayside Rocks Festival, he would like to have Nov. 19th declared “Miami Goes Green Day,” a day on which all Miami residents dedicate themselves to helping better the environment; a day to get back in touch with the environment that sustains and enriches the lives of everyone who lives, works, visits and plays in Miami.

“We’ve made entry to the event free for everyone who arrives before 2 p.m.,” said Brooks. “This will allow the entire community to be a part of our vision for social consciousness, community and environmental awareness on a musical platform with an urgent humanitarian effort to fight poverty and feed the hungry while providing ecologically engineered economic transformation on a global scale.”

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What: Bayside Rocks Music & Arts Festival

When: Saturday, Nov. 19

Where: Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami

Cost: General Admission $35, VIP $55. For additional information and ticket sales call 305-763-4509, click on or email info@ baysiderocks

Photo: Pato Banton